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Design Research News, April 2018


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DESIGN RESEARCH NEWS Volume 23 Number 4, Apr 2018 ISSN 1473-3862
DRS Digital Newsletter      http://www.designresearchsociety.org


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As there are undoubtedly many students and early career researchers
regularly reading this publication with calls for journal articles and
conferences, this is a brief word of advice about avoiding bogus
journals and events.

In recent years there has been growth of open access online journals.
Many of the traditional publishers such as Elsevier are moving to - or
have moved to - online publication. However, beyond the major publishers
there has been a huge growth of wholly online open access journals. Some
newcomers, such as the International Journal of Design < ijdesign.org >
have established an excellent reputation. But there are many bogus
journals more intent on making money from author fees than providing
suitable quality in their published papers. Some are clearly criminal in
their activities, with high author fees and minimal or no check on
quality. If the author pays, the paper is published.

Good journals make explicit their aims, their review policy, the
editor(s) and editorial board, and the process for review. As an example
of good practice, Design Studies is very clear
< journals.elsevier.com/design-studies/ >

On the other hand, bogus journals are most often vague about these
matters. In the worst cases, members of the editorial board may be
listed without their permission, and papers published in past 'editions'
may have been plagiarised from established journals.

Similar thoughts apply to conferences. In the absence of such 
information, beware!

While attempts are made to check the status of journal and conference
calls listed in DRN, such announcements sometimes fall short of the
clarity expected in the comments above. Readers should therefore satisfy
themselves about the organisers' bona fides and, where such information
is not readily available, press the organisers to be explicit. Or of course
avoid the journal or event completely.

David Durling
Editor DRN



24-26 October 2018 - RSD7 CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

Relating Systems Thinking and Design 7 2018, Turin.

After six successful RSD symposia the next one is taking place in sunny

Read about the former RSDs as well as the proceedings with lots of
videos and working papers and additional information as well as links to
full papers here:


The call for abstracts for RSD7 is found here


Participatory Design Manifesto for Artificial Intelligence Futures
workshop @ PDC18

The Participatory Design Manifesto for Artificial Intelligence Futures
workshop, part of the 2018 Participatory Design Conference
http://pdc2018.org/ focuses on the implications surrounding the design,
development and deployment of artificial intelligence (AI) systems.
Through this workshop, practitioners and researchers from diverse
disciplinary backgrounds will come together to discuss and reflect on
the cultural, ethical, political and social implications surrounding the
design, development and deployment of intelligent systems. Through a
series of hands-on activities, participants will explore participatory
design approaches, tools and guidelines that should ground the design of
intelligent systems.

Key Dates

May 15, 2018: position papers due
May 25, 2018: notification of acceptance to participants
August 2018: workshop takes place at PDC2018.

Workshop's rationale: https://pdaiworkshop.wordpress.com/about/
Key themes: https://pdaiworkshop.wordpress.com/themes/
Submission details: https://pdaiworkshop.wordpress.com/submit/

Infrastructuring in PD (Workshop at PDC2018)

Infrastructuring in Participatory Design - What does infrastructuring
look like? When does it look like that? A workshop at PDC2018:
Participatory Design, Politics and Democracy. Hasselt/Genk Belgium

The notion of infrastructuring has been taking hold in the Participatory
Design (PD) community as a way to address some of the ongoing
developments and contemporary challenges relating to the increasingly
networked and connected society. Underlying the relational concept of
infrastructuring is a political perspective that speaks directly to the
soul of PD, because infrastructuring constantly shapes power relations
[Star and Bowker 2002, Beck 2002] However, despite the promises of
opening up participation to knowledge sharing and production, the
dynamics of participatory processes that shape infrastructuring efforts
remain underspecified.

As a consequence, the aim of this workshop is to promote a political
sensitivity to the study of, engagement with, intervention into and
design for infrastructuring processes. In concrete we want to ask: how
can we characterize and engage with the politics of participation for
infrastructuring processes?

As a starting point to the collective effort we propose to draw together
(Latour 2008): What does infrastructuring look like? and even more
importantly: When does it look like that? (Star & Ruhleder 1996). That
means we will be discussing, sketching, drawing, writing, making,
building, and glueing (maybe even sewing?) stuff, ideas, and concepts
together prior and during the WS

Important dates:

5th of May: submission of position statements
20th of May: notification of acceptance
25th of May: Registration to the Conference starts

Workshops will take place either on the 20th or 21st of August 2018

More info and detailed instructions:


Call For Journal Articles- Sustainable Fashion

The International Society For Sustainable Fashion invite contributions
of articles and papers worldwide on all aspects of sustainable fashion,
textiles and consumption to be published in a peer reviewed journal. The
deadline for complete article submissions is 10th April 2018 for
publication in June 2018.

Accepted Formats:

Full length articles- 5000 words
Shorter articles- 1000-2000 words

Please use the Harvard referencing system and include a 60 word
biography. All contributions will be copy edited before publication.

Submit online- www.sustainable-fashion-society.org/journal or email
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We will be accepting article submissions on an ongoing basis for further
publications. For journal order subscription enquiries please contact us
through the ISSF website.


1-4 October 2018 - LAST CFP: VL/HCC 2018 - IEEE Symposium on Visual
Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC 2018)
Lisbon, Portugal


- Abstract Submission: 6 April 2018
- Paper Submission: 13 April 2018
- Review Notifications: 15 June 2018
- Rebuttal Deadline: 22 June 2018
- Paper Notification: 6 July 2018
- Camera Ready copy: 27 July 2018
- Conference: 14 October 2018


We solicit original, unpublished research papers on computing
technologies and visual languages for modelling, programming,
communicating, and reasoning, which are easier to learn, use or
understand by humans than the current state-of-the-art. Papers should
focus on efforts to design, formalize, implement, or evaluate those
technologies and languages. This includes tools and visual languages
intended for general audiences (e.g. professional or novice programmers,
or the public) or domain-specific audiences (e.g. people working in
business administration, production environments, healthcare, urban
design or scientific domains).

This year's special topic is "Building Human-Adaptive Socio-Technical
Systems". Systems in which humans are both developers of and intrinsic
parts of the system are becoming more common. These Human-Adaptive
Socio-Technical Systems adapt to changes in context and the behavior of
human users. Example systems include situation-aware human-assistance
systems and learning-based cooperative control systems in a variety of
application areas including Internet-of-Things applications and
Cyber-physical social systems. These kinds of systems require
human-centered concepts, languages and methods in two separate contexts:
to specify system behavior and to assist in modeling human behavior.

Areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

- Novel visual languages
- Design, evaluation, and theory of visual languages
- End-user development, adaptation, and programming
- Domain-specific languages
- Visual modeling of socio-technical systems
- Visual modeling of human behavior
- Visual modeling of digital twins of humans
- Interdisciplinary approaches (e.g. psychology, sociology) to human
- Human aspects and psychology of software development and language
- New representations and user interfaces for explaining systems
- Computational thinking and computer science education
- Problem solving through programming and play
- Debugging and program understanding
- Crowd Sourcing design and development work
- Software visualization
- Technologies and infrastructures for end user development
- Technology acceptance and adoption studies
- Evaluation of end user development technologies


We invite two kinds of papers:

- full-length research papers, up to 8 pages - plus unlimited additional
pages containing only references

- short research papers, up to 4 pages - plus unlimited additional pages
containing only references

Supplemental Materials: In addition to papers, authors may optionally
submit supplemental materials that support their papers. Examples of
supplemental materials include short digital videos, copies of study
instruments, or experimental methodologies. Supplementary material
should be briefly described in the paper body. However, since not
everyone who reviews your paper may review submitted supplemental
materials, your submission must stand on its own without the
supplemental materials. The supplemental materials will be distributed
at the conference and will appear in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library.
Videos must be at most 3 minutes in length, at most 100 MB in size, and
prepared as MP4 files using the H.264 codec. All supplemental materials
must adhere to the IEEE preparation instructions:


Papers and supplemental materials must be submitted using the EasyChair


To facilitate assigning papers to reviewers, we require paper abstracts
to be submitted via EasyChair at least one week before the paper
submission deadline. The abstract must be no longer than 150 words and
must be kept up-to-date such that it exactly matches the abstract in the
submitted paper.

All accepted papers, whether full or short, should be complete,
self-contained, archival contributions. Contributions from full papers
are more extensive than those from short papers. Work-in-progress, which
has not yet yielded a contribution, should be submitted to the
Showpieces category. All submissions will be reviewed by members of the
Program Committee. Submission and reviews for the technical program are
managed with EasyChair. At least one author of each accepted paper is
required to register for VL/HCC 2018 and present the paper at the
conference. IEEE reserves the right to exclude a paper from distribution
after the conference, including IEEEXplore Digital Library, if the paper
is not presented by the author at the conference.

Accepted papers will be distributed at the conference and will be
included in the IEEE Xplore Digital Library
(http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/). The proceedings are an official
electronic publication of the IEEE in Computer Science, with an ISBN
number. Be sure to use the current IEEE conference paper format:


We follow a light-weight double-blind reviewing process. Thus, submitted
papers must not reveal the identities of authors. However, the author
names will be known to the program committee in the rebuttal phase.

Both authors and reviewers are expected to make every effort to honor
the double-blind reviewing process. In case of questions, please contact
the Program Chairs.

Authors should ensure that the submission can be evaluated without it
being obvious who wrote the paper. This means leaving author names off
the paper and using terms like previous research rather than our
previous research when describing background. However, do not hide
previous work  papers must still reference all relevant research,
including that by the current authors, so reviewers can evaluate
novelty. It is important that authors specify all conflicts of interest
with potential reviewers during the submission phase. Reviewers should
not undertake any investigation that might lead to the revealing of
authors identity. If identities are inadvertently revealed, please
contact the Program Chairs.

The Program Chairs will check all submissions for obvious signs of lack
of anonymity and may ask authors to make changes and resubmit the paper
within four days of the submission deadline.


Papers are expected to support their claims with appropriate evidence.
For example, a paper that claims to improve programmer productivity is
expected to demonstrate improved productivity; a paper that claims to be
easier to use should demonstrate increased ease of use. However, not all
claims necessarily need to be supported with empirical evidence or
studies with people. For example, a paper that claims to make something
feasible that was clearly infeasible might substantiate its claim
through the existence of a functioning prototype. Moreover, there are
many alternatives to empirical evidence that may be appropriate for
justifying claims, including analytical methods, formal arguments or
case studies. Given this criterion,we encourage potential authors to
think carefully about what claims their submission makes and what
evidence would adequately support these claims. In addition, we expect
short papers to have less comprehensive evaluation than long papers.


Papers will be reviewed as follows:

- Initial review period: at least three members of the Program Committee
or external reviewers will review each paper. At the end of this period,
these initial reviews will be released to the authors.

- Author response period: authors will have an opportunity to submit a
response based on their initial reviews. Responses should focus on
answering reviewers' questions, addressing reviewers' concerns, and
clarifying any factual misunderstandings. At this point, the identity of
authors will be revealed to the program committee.

- Final review period: taking the author response into account, the
original reviewers will revise their reviews as they deem appropriate,
and the Program Committee will reach a final decision to accept or
reject the submitted work.


20-24 August 2018 - Avoiding Ecocidal Smart Cities: Participatory Design for
More-than-Human Futures

A workshop at the Participatory Design Conference  PDC 2018
Hasselt & Genk, Belgium


Submissions open until 02 May 2018.

Many early adopters of sustainable smart city technology employed a
technocratic approach. The dominant visions of these future cities, such
as in the eco smart city [19], address environmental sustainability
through the optimisation and rationalisation of urban processes, making
them more efficient and therefore more sustainable. However, critics
claim that such approaches are too simplistic, are unable to deal with
the complexities of real, messy cities [19] and perform sustainability
in specific ways that leave little room for participation and citizen
agency [7,11,19]. Furthermore, the technocratic approach limited the
actual social benefit people could expect from their urban habitat, and
this has led to a participatory turn in smart cities [e.g. [1,12]. For
example, many local governments have started using human-centred and
participatory design for the integration of technology in urban
environments to address issues of sustainability.

However, the turn to participation within smart cities fails to address
a human-exceptionalist notion of cities, in which urban space is
designed for, and inhabited by, humans only. Within the age of the
Anthropocene  a term used to refer to a new geological era in which
human activity is transforming earth systems [16], accelerating climate
change and causing mass extinctions [18]  a human-centred perspective is
increasingly seen as untenable. In fields such as STS [10,13],
environmental humanities [15,17], geography [2,21], planning [16],
design [5,8,25] and HCI [24], scholars are expanding and challenging
traditional binaries of Western thought such as City/Nature,
Human/Non-human, to consider the entanglements between human and
nonhuman worlds including in urban contexts, and the ways in which we
can conduct participatory research in morethan- human worlds, in order
to overcome problematic narratives of human privilege and

The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to move the field of
participatory design for sustainable smart cities forward by bringing
together designers, practitioners, and researchers to explore what it
means to co-design genuinely sustainable cities that take into account
the ways in which cities and nature, and humans and non-humans are
interrelated and interdependent, for the co-creation of environmentally
and socially just postanthropocentric cities. We aim to develop new
conceptions that move away from traditional binaries and open up new
possibilities for thinking about participatory design for urban
environments in hybrid digital-physical space. We also aim to explore
practical ideas about how more-than-human perspectives can shape actual
participatory design practices and policies related to cities. For
example, we might explore design responses to new legal rights of
non-humans such as trees and rivers [20] and how their participation is
negotiated in urban processes in hybrid digitalphysical space [4].

Workshop Topics of Interests

The topics of interest for the workshop include, but are not limited to
the following:

- Participatory design and use of smart cities, urban informatics and
IoT technologies that explore human/morethan- human relations;

- Methodological approaches, including opportunities and challenges for
designing in more-than-human worlds;

- Speculative designs, design fictions, and art projects;

- Ethical and legal considerations, e.g. design responses to a new
legal status of nature;

- Designs that decentre the human or privilege other species;

- Cultural aspects of sustainable smart cities in this space;

- Theoretical perspectives from the literature e.g. Anthropocene,
Capitalocene [18], Chthulucene [13], and;

- World-making, what could a more-than-human city be?


We welcome researchers and practitioners working on design cases,
prototype development and artistic installations, as well as those
working on theoretical, critical, legal, or ethical perspectives,
including those from STS, environmental humanities, and other
disciplines. We welcome methodological contributions, such as
object-oriented ontology [3], non-human ethnographies [22], speculative
design, and actor-network and assemblage theories related to decentring
the human in design.

Submission Instructions

Participants are asked to contribute to the workshop with a position
paper or research note, which introduces aspects of the participants
prior research, future plans, insights, or interests in the area, as
well as a short biography (200 words). The max. length of workshop
position papers is 2,000 words. Please only submit DOC, DOCX, or PDF
files ensuring the file size is below 5MB. Please submit your paper by
email to Marcus Foth at m.foth [AT] qut.edu.au http://qut.edu.au/

Submission deadline: 02 May 2018

The submissions will be reviewed by the workshop organisers for
relevance. Our workshop venue capacity is 40. If participants exceed
places, we will choose a balance of different perspectives on the
workshop topic.

Workshop Organisers

Sara Heitlinger, Newcastle University, UK
Marcus Foth, QUT Design Lab, Australia
Rachel Clarke, Northumbria University, UK
Carl DiSalvo, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
Ann Light, University of Sussex, UK
Laura Forlano, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA


23-14 January 2019 - Futurescan 4: Valuing Practice
Call for Papers / Call for Makers
University of Bolton, UK

Fashion and textiles practice intersects traditional processes and
innovative technologies. Tacit knowledge acquired through hand skills,
making, utilising equipment and working with processes is fundamental to
developing understanding. Although practical learning is valued, the
teaching of creative and making subjects is under threat in formal
education. Within the fashion and textile industries there are skills
shortages. Heritage crafts risk being lost as digital technologies and
automation impact upon future generations.

The Association of Fashion & Textile Courses (FTC) invites submissions
for its forthcoming conferenceFuturescan 4: Valuing Practice, which
provides an international forum for the dissemination of research,
creative practice and pedagogy surrounding fashion and textiles.
Submissions are encouraged from established and early career
researchers, postgraduates, practitioners, makers and educators
regarding completed projects or work in progress under the following

Valuing Artisan Skills, Drawing and Making
Learning from History, Tradition and Industry
Collaborating and Cross-disciplinary Working
Integrating and Connecting Digital Technologies
Designing Responsibly and Working Sustainably
Promoting Diversity, Employability and Community
Investigating Creative Processes and Pedagogy

Contributors can select from the following submission formats:

Full Paper:  20-minute conference presentation
Short Paper: 10-minute conference presentation
Exhibition: examples of practice-based work

For all submission formats please upload a 200-300 word abstract and
biography (200 words max) to:https://futurescan4.exordo.com/(you will be
required to setup an account first). You can also uploadimages (5 max -
jpeg, tiff, png, bmp) to accompany your abstract.For exhibits of
practice-based work please include images, provide dimensions of work
and suggest methods of display i.e. wall-mounted, free standing,

All abstracts will be double-blind peer reviewed.

Conference website:http://www.ftc-online.org.uk/futurescan-4-conference/
For conference enquires please email:mailto:[log in to unmask]

Key Dates

Closing date for abstracts - 28thJune 2018
Acceptance and Feedback - 7thSeptember 2018
Presentations and Exhibits submitted - 16thJanuary 2019
Futurescan 4 Conference - 23rd-24thJanuary 2019
Conference Paper / Article Submission - 12thApril 2019

Online Publication

Abstracts, selected conference papers and exhibited work will be
published online with ISSN, by the FTC.

Full Paper: 3000-5000 words
Short Paper: 1500-3000 words
Exhibition Report: 1500-3000 words

Associated Journals

We are delighted to announce that articles formed from conference
presentations can be submitted to the following associated conference
journals for consideration:

Fashion Practice: Design, Creative Process & the Fashion Industry
Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice
Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education

Articles for journal submission will be subject to journal peer review
processes and must comply with the relevant journal publication

Association of Fashion and Textile Courses (FTC)

The FTC exists as an organisation to promote and develop fashion and
textiles through academic debate, education and research. Through its
networks, the FTC has extensive links with industry, public and
professional bodies and acts to advise on quality in educational matters
nationally and internationally. The conference is open to all. You do
not have to be part of a member institution or organisation to
participate. However, reduced fee conference delegate places will be
offered to FTC member institutions. For further information


Conference on Affect, Interfaces, Events

The proliferation of digital and interactive technologies in most
aspects of our daily lives produces an intensified distribution of
affect. Existential conditions change through affective interface
foldings of bodies, subjectivities and technologies. The conference
Affects, Interfaces, Events investigates how affective interface events
on a micro- and macro-level  reinforce or challenge these changes. A
major concern of the conference is to consider interface modulations on
an affective, social, aesthetic, and political level. We welcome
contributions (papers, designs and other interventions) that consider
the affective relations involved in interface events and creations.
Themes may include but are not limited to:

1.  New perspectives on the relations between discourse, power
relations, and the affective and signaletic material of networked data,
media and audio-visual culture.

2.  Considerations of online affective encounters.

3.  Considerations of how interfaces participate in affect modulation
and how their changing configurations might alter conditions.

Confirmed speakers

Brian Massumi
Erin Manning
Andrew Murphie
Susanna Paasonen

Please submit a proposal containing your full name, e-mail address,
institutional and disciplinary affiliation, the title of your paper and
an abstract of max. 300 words to [log in to unmask] for
submission is 16 April 2018. We are aiming for paper presentations
around 20 minutes. Suggestions for panels, practices and other
activations are welcome. Responses will be sent out by the end of May

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27-29 September 2018 - Decipher 2018: Call for Participation

We are excited to announce Decipher, a hands-on design research
conference brought to you by the AIGA Design Educators Community in
partnership with the new DARIA Network (Design as Research in the
Americas). The event will address crucial themes of defining, doing,
disseminating, supporting, and teaching design research.

Decipher 2018: Design Educators Research Conference

Complete CfP:


21-24 October 2018 - CDVE2018 The 15th International Conference on
Cooperative Design, Visualization and Engineering

Paper deadline April 20

The 15th International Conference on Cooperative Design, Visualization
and Engineering - CDVE2018 will be held from October 21 - 24, 2018 in
Hangzhou, China. You are welcome to submit papers to the conference.

The conference proceedings of CDVE2018 will be published by the LNCS -
Lecture Notes in Computer Science by Springer and indexed by
ISI(CPCI-S), Web of Science, EI, Scopus, DBLP, ACM Digital Library.
Selected papers will be invited to fully expand to be included in
special issues of a couple SCI indexed journals.

The topics of the paper should be within the scope of the conference.
See the conference web page http://www.cdve.org/cfpaper.html for
detailed information. At least one keyword of your paper should be in
the call of papers.

All the papers should follow the LNCS format restrictively. The
submission page is:


Full paper deadline: April 20, 2018. Full Papers - 8 pages. You are
welcome to submit one page abstract to the Easychair submission page any
time from now and before full paper submission. We will give you some
feedback for writing the full paper.

Short Paper submission deadline: May 10, 2018. Short papers - 4 pages,
Notification of acceptance of short and full paper June 10, 2018.

Poster Paper submission deadline: June 20, 2018

Final camera ready paper due and registration for accepted paper
authors: July 10, 2018


Hangzhou is the most famous city in its natural scenery in China and the
booming base of the China internet e-commerce miracle. It is near
Shanghai. We will visit the head quarter of the company Alibaba during
the conference. You will enjoy it for sure!


All questions about submissions should be emailed to
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The ModaPalavra e-periodical Journal makes the call for unpublished
scientific research papers known publicly until June 30th, 2018 in order
to compose the thematic dossier Fashion, Art and Design.

The fashion establishes permanent crosses with the languages of the art
and design. However, it has not always been given recognition in these
areas. Even in the academic field, there is a vacancy about fashion as
an object of study. In this dossier, we invite to submit papers who
reflecting on the links between fashion, art and design. In particular,
since the beginning of the 20th century, several initiatives were
located at the intersection of artistic practices, architecture, design,
project and fashion. These episodes tell of fruitful creations but also
of resistances and discrepancies. In that sense, new questions, looks,
cases, readings and hypotheses are welcome. In sum, we receive those
collaborations that focus on contemporary and historical experiences
into possible dialogues and tensions between: Fashion, Art and Design.

Organization: Laura Zambrini and Daniela Lucena (CONICET - UBA)

Submissions: until 30/jun/2018Publish: january, 2019

We accept articles in English, Portuguese and Spanish.

Further details are available at [log in to unmask]

5-7 Sept 2018 - Design Microconference
Design School Kolding, Denmark.

Call for papers.

Addressing designed form - demarcating design.

The conferences aim is to draw the attention of design research towards
the form of designed objects by exploring the boundaries of design.

Design processes can be described (e.g. the technical, procedural
aspects) and design aims explained (e.g. Inclusive Design, Sustainable
Design). This is the stock of much design research. However, the core of
design which is the visual is seemingly neglected other than in terms of
the stimulus for a consumer response. The preferred natural science
formats in design research writing tend to underplay the qualitative.
Consider the structuring formula of background, literature review,
hypothesis, methods, data and analysis. If the difference between design
and engineering is the subjective and qualitative, is this format
appropriate? Designers plan but not all planners design  does the
managerial approach to design miss something critical? People solve
problems through processes but sometimes the solution is just a
sandwich. Is that design?

The seminar seeks to focus on the essential in design, that which makes
it distinct from other disciplines. There is considerable latitude in
this call for papers for a wide variety of views, those that emphasise
ethical concerns, procedure and inclusive approaches to creativity. Such
wide ranging views span from Herbert Simon (1996) to the work of David
Pye (1964).

The output should be essays that can inform those researching and
practicing design. They should also be useful to those learning the
discipline and who wish to have a conceptual framework for form-giving
and its meanings.

Note that the question is not "what is design" but rather how can we
address research on design that acknowledges its special aesthetic
quality, the wow/yuk factor. Buchanans (2001) definition: "Design is the
human power of conceiving, planning and making products that serve human
beings in the accomplishment of their individual and collective
purposes". Is that not leaving something out? Hillier (1998) wondered if
it was possible at all to address the intuitive in design (which must
refer in some sense to the aesthetic/subjective). Buchanan's definition
conceivably involves objects and indeed services with no obvious
aesthetic quality. Much design research seems to involve this kind of
product or else pays scant regard to the "wow" in design. Hilliers
question challenges those who might try to address the Wow. Would such
design research become a form of art history? Would that be a problem?
If it isnt a form of art history, what would it be? Hermeneutics?

Contributors will be asked to present their paper and to provide a
detailed commentary on the work of one other participant. As such the
micro-conference will be an opportunity for wide ranging and considered

Expressions of interest are welcome prior to the submission of a draft.

A selection of papers will be published in a peer-reviewed design

Deadlines (please note the organisers are willing to afford a degree of
latitude about most of these dates barring delivery of the final paper

Full paper draft (6000 words including abstract): April 28th 2018
Notification of acceptance: May 30th 2018
Final paper: August 15 2018
Registration closes: August 30th 2018
Registration costs 135 and is payable by August 30th 2018
Location: Design School, Kolding, Denmark.
Dates: 5th to 7th September.

Useful References:

Buchanan, R (2001) Design research and the new learning". Design Issues
17 (4) 3-23
Grand, S., Jonas, W. (eds).(2012) Mapping design research
Hillier, B. (1998) A note on the intuiting of form: three issues in the
theory of design. Environment and Planning B, Planning and Design.
Anniversary Edition 1998, pp.37-40.
Herriott, R (2017) What is like to see a bat. Swedish Design Research
Journal. 10.3384/svid.2000-964X.17113
Pye, D (1964) On the aesthetics of design. Herbert Press, London
Scott-Swann, K., Luchs, M. (2011) From the special issue editors:
Product design research, past present and future. J. Prod. Innov. Manag.
Simon, H (1996) Social Planning - designing the social artefact. In The
Science of the Artificial, 139-141, 153-167. MIT
Ulrich, K.T. (2006) Aesthetics in Design, from Ulrich, Karl T., Design:
Creation of Artifacts in Society,.

For bookings please contact Christina Stind Rosendahl at [log in to unmask] For
further information please contact Richard Herriott, Assistant
Professor, Industrial Design [log in to unmask]

Information+ 2018
Interdisciplinary practices in information design & visualization
Location: University of Applied Sciences Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany

Call for Papers

Following the success of the inaugural Information+ 2016 in Vancouver,
the biennial conference brings together researchers and practitioners in
information design and information visualization to discuss common
questions and challenges in these rapidly changing fields. Unlike
discipline-specific gatherings, Information+ seeks to foster productive
exchanges amongst the variety of people involved in the theories,
practices and pedagogies of analyzing and communicating information.

Information+ 2018 will include three events: a one-day hands-on workshop
(19 Oct.), a two-day conference (20-21 Oct.), and an exhibition of
historic information design (20 Oct. -1 Nov). The events will take place
at the University of Applied Sciences Potsdam (FH Potsdam), which was
the first university to offer a study programme in interface design in
Germany. It has since gained international reputation for their
design-oriented visualization research.

Information+ 2018 is co-located with IEEE VIS, 2127 October in Berlin.
The conferences are separate events, requiring separate registration. By
co-locating events, we encourage cross-disciplinary discourse,
especially with regards to exchanges between the science and design
camps of the visualization community.

We invite you to submit proposals using EasyChair

We encourage both academic and practice-based presentations for the
following opportunities: 5-minute lightning talks: a short abstract (250
words) with one descriptive figure and 3 keywords. 15-minute paper
presentations: an abstract (500 words) with one descriptive figure and 3


Submission Deadline: 15 May, 2018
Notification of Acceptance: 2 July, 2018

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Marian Drk, Research Professor, Institute for Urban Futures, FH Potsdam,
Potsdam, Germany
Isabel Meirelles, Professor, Faculty of Design, OCAD University,
Toronto, Canada


30 May - 1 June 2019 - MODE 2019 // Motion Design Education Summit


Massey University // Te Kunenga ki Prehuroa
Wellington, New Zealand

Full website and details coming soon
Submission System will open for all categories on June 1, 2018
Deadline to submit: 8 August 2018 (Abstracts only)

Motion Design is about action, energy, light, and movement intertwined
with message and meaning. It includes the push and pull of forces,
whether they are recorded with a video camera or objects created on the
screen with complex software. Gravity, speed and velocity, simulate
elements in an interplay of movement. Interfaces, interactive systems,
narratives and messaging all incorporate exchanges of dynamic and well
planned interplay. Motion Design is a shifting and evolving sphereit
encompasses a broad range of related fields: human computer interaction,
design, journalism, film, television, dance and theater. Our central
theme for 2019 is (inter)play, the way in which two or more things have
an effect on each other.

Together we will explore three focus tracks: research, pedagogy and
practice that embraces (inter)play. Particular interest will be on
papers and workshops that explore social inclusion, responsible design
practices, politics, augmented reality, virtual reality, narrative, game
play, tools and new types of motion design making. All submissions
should have a strong relationship to motion design in order to be
accepted to the conference and included in the 2019 proceedings.

The Location // Wellington, New Zealand

Massey Universitys School of Design in Wellington, New Zealand will host
the next MODE Summit in 2019. Massey Universitys College of Creative
Arts is recognized by the US National Association of Schools of Art and
Design and ranks as one of New Zealands top design and visual art
research institutions. Recently, the city of Wellington has seen job and
business growth in animation, application development, gaming, film,
post production and visual effects. The city is home to award winning
director Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and
his companies, including Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Camperdown
Studios, Park Road Post, and Stone Street Studios.

It goes without mentioning that Wellingtons beautiful bay, landscape,
and comfortable climate make it a hidden gem in the southern hemisphere
and the perfect backdrop for advancing discussion in motion design
education and experiencing a new environment. We encourage all those
submitting a proposal to consider MODE as the three-day professional
component of a longer holiday with friends or family in order to make
the most of the long journey.

Our Mission // Motion Design Education

The MODE Summit was founded in 2013 by three professors driven to
develop motion design research outlets, in order to disseminate motion
design research and define the field. Our group has grown as our mission
continues. We encourage, share, and help shape motion design by
providing a platform for research and pedagogy to be explored and

Long Papers

Long papers are appropriate for finished research projects, design case
studies, pedagogical innovations, and design criticism. Long papers
should report original work not previously published elsewhere.
Submissions must identify and cite relevant published work and explain
how the paper furthers motion design education. Full papers will be
expected to be around 4,000 to 6,000 words. Review of papers will follow
a double-blind peer review process.

Abstract submission must include: an abstract, a detailed outline, five
to seven keywords, and references. The abstract should be between 400700
words, excluding references.

Paper submissions must include: an abstract, outline, five to seven
keywords, author bio(s), paper and works cited in APA format. At least
one author should plan to attend and present at MODE 2019 in Wellington,
New Zealand. All accepted papers will be published in the 2019
conference proceedings. Presentations will be recorded and shared on our
Vimeo account. Presentations will be 30 minutes in length with 20
minutes of presentation and 10 minutes of discussion. A template will be
provided following abstract acceptance.

Short Papers

Short papers are appropriate for new and emerging projects that may be
in progress. Short papers are intended to report original work not
previously published elsewhere. Short papers may be installations,
interactive experiences, hands on experiences, short research based
films and motion technologies. They may be based on games, animations,
prototypes, or performances. The purpose of the short paper is to
provide in progress research a platform for discussion, debate,
conversation and critique. Short papers will be expected to be around
1,000 to 2,500 words. Review of papers will follow a double peer review

Abstract submission must include: an abstract, a detailed outline, five
to seven keywords, and references. The abstract should be under 500
words, excluding references.

Paper submissions must include: an abstract, outline, five to seven
keywords, author bio(s), paper and works cited in APA format. At least
one author should plan to attend and present at MODE 2019 in Wellington,
New Zealand. All accepted papers will be published in the 2019
conference proceedings. Presentations will be recorded and shared on our
Vimeo account. Presentations will be 8 minutes in length with 2 minutes
of discussion. A template will be provided following abstract

Workshop Sessions

Workshop sessions act as an extension of the conference experience,
allowing attendees to be participants. They give presenters an
opportunity to interact with attendees over the course of 90 minutes.
Workshops can be hands on, discussion based and/or process driven. We
invite workshop proposals that will engage participants in motion
design, motion design education, or a related field of study.

Workshop proposals must include: an abstract, a session outline, five to
seven keywords, author bio(s) and works cited. The abstract should be
under 500 words, excluding references. Proposals should be submitted to
the conference submission system and will be reviewed by a sub-committee
of organizers led by the MODE organizing committee. They will be
peer-reviewed, but the process will not be blind.




Anonymous review and the REF

Steven Hill, HEFCEs Head of Research Policy, explores the issue of
anonymous review and the next Research Excellence Framework process.

Read the full blog post:


[The Research Excellence Framework is the UK national assessment
of research quality - Ed.]

11-13 April 2018 - Cumulus Paris. To Get There: Designing Together -
change the planet

Doing, imagining, learning, thinking, seeking, innovating, creating,
making and building together - leaving behind all that divides, opposes
and excludes. To invent tomorrow.

Design is a collective elaboration and a laboratory of possible
horizons. It is as much the means to transform our environment as the
manner of questioning it. It involves shared perspectives and expertise.
The project-based approach and the spirit of collaboration inherent to
design make it a powerful hub of thinking, education and transformation.
How can this strength be spread to all areas of life?

The Cumulus conference 2018 in Paris is adopting a cross-curricular
interdisciplinary approach which highlights the collective and
collaborative interest. Its aim is to make otherness a positive force
and to ensure that design and this union of talents become an undeniable
tool for action on reality.In partnership for the past two years within
the framework of CSAAP, the four Parisian Schools of Art and Design,
Boulle, Duperr, Estienne, and Ensaama have decided to share their
expertise, to mutualise experiences and to host Cumulus conference to
invent tomorrow, together.


18-20 May 2018 - 6th International Forum on Industrial Design

The 2018 6th International Forum on Industrial Design will be held on
May 18-20,2018in Luoyang International Exhibition Center,China. IFID
2018 is to bring together innovative academics and industrial experts in
the field of industrial design to a common forum.

All papers, both invited and contributed, will be reviewed by two or
three experts from the committees. After a careful reviewing process,
all accepted papers of IFID2018 will be published in MATEC Web of
Conferences (ISSN(Electronic Edition): 2261-236X), and it will be
submitted to EI Compendex, Scopus, Inspec, DOAJ, and CPCI (Web of
Science) for indexing.

Organizer:Luoyang Science and Technology Bureau, Luoyang Productivity
Promoting Center, Luoyang Creative Industry Design Center andGuangdong
Academy of International Academic Exchange

Co-organizer:Northwestern Polytechnical University,Lanzhou University of
Technology,Henan University of Science and Technology,GOTH DESIGN
Co.LTD, Low Carbon Design Society of Hong Kong, Xihua University,North
Minzu University,Zhengzhou University of Aeronautics,Zhengzhou
University of Light Industry,Nanchang University,Xi'an University of
Science and Technology,Xi'an Jiaotong University, Hebei Agricultural


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